GIRARD — With no significant rain for the three months, the Riverton Rams played on less than desirable fields their first two games this season. In Girard last Friday, in a steady drizzle, their field was a marsh bog between the 30 yard lines, plus water standing on both sidelines, in a soggy 24-6 loss to the Girard Trojans.
The Trojans’ quarterback, junior Brayden Johnson had a easy playbook. Hand the ball to senior Anthony Scholes and let him loose. Scholes ended with 228 rushing yards. Add in his short screen pass and 46 yard run, he accounted 274 of the Trojans 373 yards.
The Rams, whose offense relies on passing and shifty cut runs, couldn’t manage a wet ball and the mud pit. They managed only five pass completions and 200 yards of offense. Senior Hunter Deckard had two catches for 32 and senior Jake Neal 3 for 29 yards. Senior Greyson Spriggs ran for 100 yards on 15 attempts, and Neal 22 yards on 6 carries.
After Riverton first series, Scholes received the punt and returned from about the 15 of one end to the 15 at the other end. Scholes then fumbled and the Rams’ sophomore Mason McCorkle recovered the ball. On the third play of the series, the Riverton center snapped the ball into the end zone for a 2-0 safety.
After the free punt, Scholes ran the ball back and again fumbled the wet ball. Senior Dylan Weaver got the ball back for the Rams at the 16. Again on the third play of the series the ball was hiked into the end zone. 4-0 in four minutes.
With 2:06 left in the second quarter, with the ball on the 46, Spriggs cut right, reversed his field and found some footing and scored to put the Rams up 6-4 at the half way mark.
Girard failed to score last week with their 8-0 loss to Caney. After 7 quarters without scoring a touchdown, the Trojans scored 3 in the fourth.
Scholes caught a short screen pass and sloshed 46 yards for a touchdown and after Trenton Stolte 2 point conversion Girard led 12-6. After a Riverton punt fumble and four plays later, Scholes ran in from the 16.
Their third TD of the quarter started at 4:52 and ended with time eating clock runs till 57 seconds were left and Johnson ran in from the 1 yard line.
After the game, Riverton’s coach Derrick Rider told his players, “we get on a stinking dry field, we’ll be OK. We had to play their run game” After looking at the wet mud caked uniforms, Coach Rider jokingly asked “anybody volunteer for laundry duty”.
On the defensive side, Spriggs led in tackles with 6.5. Junior Jacob Qualls, who left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and may be out for the season, had 6 tackles along with senior Nolan Wall.